This is probably one of my favorite ways to make a quinoa salad. It is easy, relatively quick. It has very few ingredients but yet makes a nice tasty side dish.

This simple quinoa salad is one of those dishes that doesn’t get old. A staple in our home. It is easy to make with leftover quinoa too & goes with just about any main dish you can think of.

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Simple Quinoa Salad with Peas


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups broth (chicken, veggie or even water)
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro (sub in any fresh herb you like) – mint would be really good
  • 2 cups frozen peas (thawed) – or another favorite veg


Bring 2 cups broth to a boil, add quinoa, cover & reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Take off heat and let sit for 5 – 10 minutes, still covered. No peaking, you want the heat to remain in the pot. Add the peas, stir & cover for another 5 minutes. Toss with a fork & stir in juice and cilantro.

Quinoa Salad Notes

I enjoy a mixed quinoa or plain white quinoa. I seldom buy the other varieties of quinoa, although they all have their place. It is just a personal preference.

This is a great way to use nice fresh spring peas when they are in season too. You don’t really need to alter the recipe at all if using fresh peas. At least I don’t. Peas can be so delicate and I hate them when they are overcooked I find this to be the perfect amount of cooking time for them.

We have put other veggies in the quinoa salad instead of peas. Like corn or leftover roasted broccoli and it is just as delicious and just as easy. If using the leftover broccoli I usually cut it up a little smaller and warm it up separately because the 5 minutes in the quinoa isn’t quite enough for me.

Experiment with some of your favorite veggies and herbs and you will have a brand new salad. See how this never gets old. Small alterations completely change the salad. Even changing the herb from cilantro to basil thoroughly changes the flavor profile.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. It really does make a nice, easy, versatile dinner staple.


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a bowl of Quinoa salad with peas.

Two bowls of Quinoa salad with peas & cilantro. One has shrimp on top also.



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